Did you find yourself down for the count with a bug these past few months? Or is that cough sticking around longer than you’d like? Maybe you’ve just been stuck indoors and are ready to take advantage of the later daylight? Spring arrives on March 20th. Give your immune system a little TLC now so you can enjoy the better weather and longer days.
Healthy habits to continue year round, like washing hands frequently, getting a good night sleep, and controlling stress, help the body control the pesky pathogens we come in contact with. The other key lifestyle factors- eating a healthy diet full of fruits and veggies and exercising regularly- provide our bodies with the building blocks needed to maintain health.
Eating at least the daily minimum of 2-3 or more fruit and 3-5 or more vegetables is a good way to make sure your body is getting the vitamins and minerals it needs. A small apple, 2 mandarin oranges, or ¾ cup of berries counts as one fruit. One cup of cut up raw carrots and cucumber or ½ cup cooked broccoli each count as 1 serving of vegetables. Using the plate method, where ½ your plate is vegetables and fruit, is an excellent way to meet and exceed these goals.
When you are eating well, you are fueling your body to move. Aim for a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise a week. Walking five times, for 30 minutes, or getting in two 60 minute activities with some shorter workouts at lunch, however you can fit it in, just do it! You’ll feel stronger, more energetic, and you may be moving into Spring with more spring in your step!
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